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The Lionesses will face neighbors Uganda, Madagascar and Tunisia in Pool B and Wambua said he is targeting to top their group to avoid meeting defending champions and favourites South Africa.“Definitely South Africa has been a tough side to us. Last year we were runners-up and the good thing is that we have had a lot of game play and experience, playing in France, Rome and recently in the Olympics against some of the biggest nations in the world and that has been a plus to us,” Wambua, who took the place of Mike Shamiah as head coach, said.“We gained a lot seeing how big teams are playing so heading into the tournament, we will want to go one better and before we think about South Africa, our goal is to top our pool so that we don’t meet South Africa in the semis and coming to the knockout phase, I’m sure the girls will be motivated and if we get a chance to face South Africa in the finals, we will put our best feet forward,” Wambua assured.Most of the team that played at the World Sevens Women’s Series debut in France, Rome and Rio Olympics was retained apart from Aura and Camilla who were described by Wambua as experienced and will add value to the team“Aura and Camilla both have big game experience. It was unfortunate that they missed out on the Rio Olympics but having played in Hong Kong and the Women’s Sevens World Series in France, they certainly have plenty to offer. It is their chance to show us what they can do.”Pool B is headlined by South Africa alongside, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Senegal.Kenya Lionesses Squad to Africa Cup 7s1.Philadelphia Olando 2.Stacy Otieno (KCB) 3.Janet Owino 4.Rachel Mbogo 5.Sheila Chajira 6.Irene Otieno (Homeboyz)7.Catherine Abilla 8.Celestine Masinde 9.Doreen Remour (Mwamba) 10.Cynthia Camila (Homeboyz)11.Janet Okello(KCB) 12.Michelle Omondi(Mwamba)ManagementKevin Wambua (coach), Ben Mahinda (assistant coach), Laventer Oguta (Team Manager)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Lionesses in Paris.PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – The national women’s sevens team will be banking on experience gained from the Rio Olympics to lift their first ever Africa Cup that goes down this weekend in Harare, Zimbabwe.Head coach Kevin Wambua has been boosted by the return of Mwamba RFC winger Snaida Aura and Cynthia Camilla who are the only changes in his squad of 12 that will do duty for the country.
One end of the flag was so frayed, it was in ribbons. Underneath it, a Mexican flag was well on its way to the same fate. One resident sent an anonymous note to this newspaper pleading for “someone to stop this disgraceful situation.” The note included a list of pointers regarding “flag etiquette,” specifying that when a flag becomes “so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country,” it should be ceremoniously burned. The note mentioned that next Thursday, June 14, is Flag Day. Mendez said, while the city has no specific codes addressing the condition of U.S. flags on private property, there are city codes that require owners to keep their properties in tidy shape. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A shredded American flag flying above El Pulpo Restaurant on Whittier Boulevard raised enough eyebrows that some residents called City Hall to complain. Their efforts paid off Thursday when city officials visited the restaurant and politely asked the owner to remove the ragged flag. “I don’t know if we absolutely have the right to do that, but he complied with our wishes,” Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said. Restaurant owner Julio Rios did not return several calls seeking comment Thursday.
VAN NUYS – Police have arrested a 32-year-old grocery store worker they believe is responsible for at least three sexual attacks in the San Fernando Valley, including a rape in June in Van Nuys. Fernando Lopez Garcia was arrested about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Beverly Glen Marketplace in the 2900 block of Beverly Glen Circle, where he worked, Los Angeles police Detective John Eum said. He is being held on a rape charge at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $300,000. Lopez Garcia was pulled over for a traffic stop July 18 near Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard, Eum said. At the time, police were looking for a man who raped a woman inside an elevator June 10 in Van Nuys. When detectives this week got word that his DNA matched that found in the June 10 sexual assault, police rearrested him. In that case, a woman told police she was raped by a man with a ponytail in an elevator near Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street, police said. Detectives also believe the ponytailed suspect came up behind another woman and grabbed her in a sexual manner about 9 p.m. June 22 in the 6600 block of Sylmar Avenue. Twenty-five minutes later, what appeared to be the same man groped a woman near her apartment in the 6800 block of Bevis Avenue. She screamed and the man fled. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3635 For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lopez Garcia matched the description – a Latino, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 5 with a medium build, a ponytail, brown eyes and a smooth complexion. Lopez Garcia is 5 feet 5 and weighs 135 pounds. They believe he cut his hair to conceal his identity, Eum said. Officers brought him in for questioning but didn’t have enough evidence to hold him. “We were unable to positively identify him at that time through photo lineups,” he said. “We did interview him again, and he again denied any involvement in any of the sexual assaults.” The suspect was arrested Sept. 17 on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure in the 14800 block of Vanowen. The victim ran out into the street and flagged down the police, who arrested Lopez Garcia, Eum said. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was released from jail. But police took a sample of his DNA.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The remains were placed in black plastic bags and transferred to a Shiite mosque in Dora, according to a police officer at the mosque. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information. An Associated Press photographer at the Kazimain mosque counted 33 plastic bags, and police said each bag held the remains of one victim. BAGHDAD – Remains of possibly dozens of people believed slain in sectarian violence were unearthed Saturday from a mass grave in a former al-Qaida stronghold in southern Baghdad – the third such find in Iraq this month. Also Saturday, an Iraqi television station reported one of its reporters had been kidnapped – the latest in a grim series of attacks that has made Iraq among the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. The badly decomposed remains were found in Baghdad’s mostly Sunni Dora neighborhood by Sunnis who have turned against al-Qaida in Iraq, police said. They were discovered in an area overlooking the main highway leading to Shiite shrine cities in the south. Sunni extremists would often waylay travelers along that road, kidnapping and killing Shiites.
Substitute: Jari Litmanen (Ajax) – The Finn played for Van Gaal at Barcelona, but enjoyed his greatest success with the Dutch coach at Ajax. Litmanen succeeded Dennis Bergkamp as the creative fulcrum of the Ajax attack, and seemed to have all the time in the world when he was on the ball, such was his composure and vision under pressure. 20 Who makes the team? Click the arrow above to find out – and what a line up it is! 20 Substitute: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – Muller was a teenager on the fringes at Bayern when Van Gaal took over, and expected to be transferred if he was to play first team football. But the Dutch manager liked what he saw and under his tutelage Muller broke into the Bayern side, winning the league and cup double in his first full season, before starring for Germany at the 2010 World Cup. He’s never looked back, and his versatility in attack and work-rate would perfectly compliment the other attacking options in this combined XI. 20 Left-wing: Marc Overmars (Ajax) – On the opposite side of the pitch in our combined Van Gaal XI is flying winger Overmars. Another skilful dribbler, Overmars possessed supreme speed, making him a tremendous asset when playing on the break. The Dutch international starred for Van Gaal’s European and World Champion Ajax side, before going on to become a vital member of Arsenal’s 1998 double winners and then Barcelona’s team of the early 2000s. Substitute: Edgar Davids (Ajax) – An effervescent midfield presence in Van Gaal’s Ajax team, Davids was nicknamed ‘Pitbull’ by Van Gaal due to his bite in the tackle, but was also a very skilful player. An injury to Schweinsteiger or Seedorf? No problem, just unleash Davids! Left-back: Sergi Barjuan (Barcelona) – A Barcelona stalwart who starred for the club in over 400 games between 1993 and 2001, Sergi won the Spanish league and cup double under Van Gaal’s tutelage in 1997/98, and the title again in 1998/99, earning 56 Spanish caps in the process. Sergi would be a pacey option at left-back for this Van Gaal combined XI, complimenting Lahm on the opposite flank. Doggedly determined, Sergi was also genuinely two-footed, meaning he could cross with his left foot, as well as being able to cut inside and unleash a right-foot rocket. 20 Forward: Patrick Kluivert (Ajax/Barcelona) – Kluivert scored the winner for Ajax in the 1995 Champions League final aged just 18, and went on to score over 200 goals for club and country. The Dutch striker also starred for Van Gaal at Barcelona, eventually netting 120 times for the Catalan giants. Big and strong, Kluivert would play the centre forward role in this team, although he was capable of much more, with the kind of skill often associated with smaller attackers. 20 20 Substitute: David De Gea (Manchester United) – An FA Cup winner with Van Gaal, the Spaniard can consider himself unlucky not to get a starting spot in our combined XI. It just shows how strong a team we’ve managed to compile. 20 Sorry AZ Alkmaar, there’s no room for players from your 2008/09 Dutch title-winning side!That was just one of the excellent teams Louis van Gaal coached, and now – as the legendary manager announces his retirement – we’ve compiled a starting XI comprising his best players.The criteria? How good they were under the management of Van Gaal.That means there is also no room for the likes of Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, who all played under the Dutchman, but as youngsters yet to reach the heights they would later in their careers.But in the gallery above you will see that the all-time Van Gaal XI is still packed full of world class talent.That should be no surprise considering that he won seven league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany, among 16 major honours that include the Champions League, having coached Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United to silverware.Van Gaal also led the Netherlands to third place at the 2014 World Cup.Check out his all-time greatest XI in the gallery above and let us know your thoughts on Van Gaal’s coaching career by leaving a comment below. Forward: Rivaldo (Barcelona) – The best player in the world in 1999, when he won his second Spanish title under Van Gaal’s management, Rivaldo would be given a free role in this combined XI, drifting into space and using his creative talents to the full. The Brazilian was virtually unstoppable at his best. 20 Right-back: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) – Lahm had one of his best ever seasons when Van Gaal was in charge of Bayern, winning the Bundesliga and German Cup double in 2009/10, and reaching the Champions League final for the first time. Lahm would ensure this combined Van Gaal XI has the strongest possible right-back option, defensively and going forward, not to mention his superb leadership skills. Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar (Ajax) – A Champions League winner under Van Gaal’s management at Ajax, aged 24 in 1995, Van Der Sar was already one of the best shot stoppers around. He also won the 1992 UEFA Cup with Van Gaal, plus three Dutch league titles, the Dutch Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the European Super Cup. Van Der Sar would provide this combined XI with a truly world class goalkeeper. 20 20 Midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) – Like Rijkaard, Schweinsteiger is one of the best midfield players of his generation, and played some of the best football of his career when Van Gaal was Bayern boss, so nearly helping the Bavarians claim the treble in 2010. Sitting in front of a formidable back four, with Schweinsteiger in this combined XI the opposition would have severe trouble trying to find a way through, not to mention making the centre of the park the toughest of battles. Midfield: Clarence Seedorf (Ajax) – Seedorf won the Champions League four times, including triumphs with Real Madrid and AC Milan, but the first of his successes came as a 19-year-old all-action midfielder at Van Gaal’s Ajax. Combined with Schweinsteiger in our combined XI midfield, the centre of the park would be owned by this pair, as Seedorf lends his excellent range of passing, mobility and ability to break forward and wreak havoc, to the engine room of the team. Centre-back: Frank De Boer (Ajax/Barcelona) – A versatile Dutch international who began his career under Van Gaal as a left-back, De Boer became one of the finest centre-backs in Europe. He won the UEFA Cup and Champions League with Van Gaal at Ajax, then followed him to Barcelona where he was a Spanish title winner. Class on the ball and defensively sound, De Boer would ensure Van Gaal’s combined XI could play out calmly from the back, as well as keeping out the opposition. 20 20 20 20 20 Right midfield: Luis Figo (Barcelona) – Yes, before Figo’s infamous transfer to Real Madrid in 2000, the Portuguese star was a key member of Louis van Gaal’s back-to-back Spanish title winners. One of the best attacking players of his generation, Figo would be a supremely skilful member of our combined XI, carving out chance-after-chance in attack and helping knit together the phases of play with the kind of composed control and passing that were his trademark. Substitute: Michael Reiziger (Ajax/Barcelona) – Reiziger was a 22-year-old right-back when Ajax won the Champions League under Van Gaal, and went on to play over 200 games for Barcelona, where he won two titles with LVG in charge. A clever defender who also helped Holland reach the last four of the 1998 World Cup, Reiziger was capable of playing centre-back too, making him a valuable substitute option in this combined XI. Substitute: Danny Blind (Ajax) – His son Daley won the FA Cup under Van Gaal at United, but Danny was an even more vital lieutenant as a player in the 1990s. Captain of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winners, he also slotted home the winner (pictured above) in the World Club Cup later that year. An astute reader of the game, Blind was a vitally experienced centre-back, alongside Rijkaard, in an Ajax team brimming with youth. Centre-back: Frank Rijkaard (Ajax) – One of the finest midfielders in the world for much of his career, Rijkaard signed for Van Gaal’s Ajax towards the end of his playing days, where he was converted into a brilliant centre-back. Rijkaard was integral to Ajax’s 1994 and 1995 league titles, not to mention the 1995 Champions League victory over his old club AC Milan (where he had won the European Cup twice before). Able to read the game brilliantly and snuff out danger, Rijkaard provides this combined XI with a world class defender who could step into midfield and push up play when necessary. Substitute: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – Similar to Overmars, Robben’s lightning breaks make him a lethal option on the counter attack. He starred for Van Gaal at Bayern Munich and would be a frightening prospect coming off the bench for this combined XI, ready to tear apart a tired defence. 20 20 20 Substitute: Robin van Persie (Netherlands) – Top scorer for Van Gaal’s Netherlands in 2014 World Cup qualifying, Van Persie was appointed national team captain by the wily coach, though his Dutch team was not fancied to go far at the tournament in Brazil. In the event, Van Persie scored four goals including a Puskas award-shortlisted flying header as Holland finished third. On that kind of form, what a sub he would be for this combined XI! 20 20
Jurgen Klopp believes it is time for Liverpool to put words into action and start defending properly following another horror show against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.The Reds’ backline endured a shambolic afternoon as Spurs took full advantage to win 4-1 in the Premier League encounter.Centre-back Dejan Lovren was well off the pace – and was subsequently substituted after just 31 minutes – and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was also guilty of gifting a goal to the home side.MATCH REPORT: Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool: Kane scores two goals and Lovren has a nightmareMohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal, underlying their attacking capabilities, but the Reds’ manager acknowledged that defending remained his team’s major Achilles heel.“It’s defensive. For the first one everybody is there apart from Roberto Firmino,” the German explained to talkSPORT.“They throw a ball and, after the first touch, they have another two and nobody from us is really there.“Is it defending? Yes.“Is this possible to do differently, I would say 100 per cent.“It’s not about not knowing how to do it. It’s about doing it.”Klopp refused to lay any blame squarely at the door of Lovren, despite the Croatian’s early withdrawal.“Actually I really don’t want to blame players and Dejan was no worse, to be honest, than Joel [Matip],” he added.“We have to prove we are better defenders than we are today. The only way to fix it is to stay strong. The first goal would not happen if I am on the pitch, in my trainers.”Despite the struggling form in defence Liverpool continued to create chances throughout the game with Philippe Coutinho coming particularly close only to be denied by a superb save from Hugo Lloris.However, Klopp was in not interested in discussing the positives regarding his team.“In the decisive moments Tottenham were the much better team,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss explained.“You saw a game of two teams – one made presents, one didn’t.“Yes we had chances but I am really not interested.”
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he is ‘excited’ to have more weapons at his disposal when five of his key players return to action from injury.According to the Toffees boss, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are all close to making a return.Barkley (hamstring), Coleman (broken leg) and Bolasie (knee) are all yet to play this season due to their respective injury troubles, while McCarthy’s recurring hamstring problem has restricted him to just one outing in the EFL Cup.Baines has made 20 appearances for the Toffees this term but is currently sidelined with a calf injury he picked up in the 4-1 defeat to Southampton in November.Allardyce has turned the team’s fortunes around since being appointed manager last month – leading the team to three wins and a draw, against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield, in four games in charge.He has done so without the majority of his big-name stars, and the boss is looking forward to the added firepower when they return.Quizzed over the fitness and unsure future of Barkley, ‘Big Sam’ said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White: “Yannick Bolasie is probably sooner than him, but we’re pushing hard for Ross Barkley, we’re pushing hard for Seamus Coleman, we’re pushing hard for James McCarthy and we’re pushing hard for Leighton Baines.“If I had those five players available for me… I get a little bit more excited about getting them back because you know how much quality and experience they have playing for Everton football club.”Allardyce’s comments could open the door for Barkley to return to the Everton side, having been frozen out by axed boss Ronald Koeman and heavily linked with an exit.The midfielder, who has only six months remaining on his current contract, was linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in the summer transfer window, but ended up staying at Goodison Park after suffering an injury in pre-season.Barkley reportedly rejected a move to Stamford Bridge after a £35million bid was accepted by Everton, and was then close to joining Spurs before his hamstring problem complicated the deal.The 24-year-old was widely expected to leave the club either in January or when his deal ends at the end of the season, but Allardyce’s appointment could pave his way back into the team and could just see the England international remain on Merseyside.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called for the immediate closure of a fur farm in Co Donegal.A calls for an immediate ban on Fur Farming in Ireland welcoming the latest Serbia ban and Veterinary Ireland statementThe ISPCA says it is calling on Minister Michael Creed, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to introduce an immediate ban on fur farming in Ireland and for a #FURFREEIRELAND based on animal welfare, ethical and moral grounds. This includes the closure of a mink farm outside Glenties.A Red C Research poll* carried out in October 2018 showed that 8 out of 10 people in Ireland feel that farming and killing of animals for their fur should be banned.On the 21st December 2018, Veterinary Ireland, the representative body for Irish veterinary surgeons published its policy on fur farming in Ireland and called for an immediate ban.The ISPCA agrees with Veterinary Ireland’s conclusions based on scientific evidence that basic levels of welfare cannot be met for animals on fur farms, even under the European fur industry’s flawed “WelFur Scheme”. The ISPCA also welcomes the ban on fur farming in Luxembourg in 2018 and congratulates Serbia on becoming the latest country to adopt a ban (from 1st January 2019) in line with developments across Europe and globally.ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said “There is overwhelming scientific evidence outlined in the Fur Free Ireland Briefing Document that fur farming is cruel. There are three fur farms in Ireland located in Donegal, Kerry and Laois containing up to 200,000 mink, farmed in tiny, wire mesh battery cages (typically measuring 90x30x45cm) only to suffer a cruel and inhumane death by gassing.“Mink are essentially wild animals and keeping them in small cages in which they are deprived of the ability to express their normal behaviours such as swimming and foraging is not acceptable. Mink are semi-aquatic and highly evolved physiologically to hold their breath, so they are prone to hypoxia meaning they will potentially suffer during gassing”.Andrew added: “It is not acceptable that every year in Ireland, approximately 150,000 of these mink are killed solely for a non-essential fashion item. The ISPCA welcomes the recent statement from Veterinary Ireland recommending an immediate ban on the farming of mink, and other wild animals, and we urge the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay to put an end to this inhumane practice.“In a recent consultation on the government’s future animal welfare strategy, the Department of Agriculture committed to build an animal welfare strategy that would allow Ireland to be recognised for its high animal welfare standards. This cannot be achieved until fur farming is consigned to the history books”. In the past twelve months, Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg adopted legislation to end fur farming and currently Ireland is on the parliamentary agenda along with Poland, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia.The ISPCA urges the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay.ISPCA calls for closure of Donegal fur farm and others was last modified: January 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:banclosuredonegalfarmfurGlentiesISPCA
Musa Mkalipi Some 123- million youths are illiterate and only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. Literacy gives individuals knowledge of the world they reside in. It is a key factor for career opportunities.(Images: MediaClub South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Phakama MatotiCentre for the book: Project co-ordinator+27 21 423 2669RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa• Why we need a literate nation• Digital drum boosts computer literacy• Storybook sparks love of readingThe ability to read and write affects our daily lives; it affects the way we think, our income and how we fit into society. Being able to communicate through reading and writing is so important that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has set aside a day each year to draw attention to the status of literacy around the world.“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the 21st century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says Unesco director-general Irina Bokova.The statistics are sobering: globally, 774-million adults do not know how to read or write, of whom 493-million are women. The Unesco Institute for Statistics estimates that some 123-million youths are illiterate and that only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. In South Africa, between 7.4-million and 8.5-million adults are functionally illiterate, according to UNESCO’s data. Local records show that between 2.9-million and 4.2-million people have never attended school. But there is some glimmer of hope: the South Africa government states that 160 300 students graduated in 2011, up from 144 852 in 2009 and a low 95 940 in 2001.International Literacy Day falls on 8 September each year, and has been marked in the Unesco calendar since 1966. The intention of the day is to raise awareness and voice concerns regarding literacy around the world. This year, the theme was dedicated to literacies for the 21st century, highlighting the need to provide people with skills and lifelong learning. Literacy is a fundamental tool for the success of individuals as it opens more career opportunities, which will, in essence, improve quality of life. South African interventionsMuch is happening to improve literacy in South Africa. To celebrate International Literacy Day, the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, hosted 50 children who are members of book clubs from primary schools in Cape Town townships to an afternoon of fun and education. “The book clubs from around Cape Town held a number of activities, such as taking part in spelling bees as well as reading,” said Phakama Matoti, a project co-ordinator of the Children’s Literacy Programme at the Centre for the Book. All of the activities were taken out of the children’s book, Desert December, by Dorian Haarhoff.International Literacy Day this year coincided with South African National Book Week, which took place from 2 to 7 September. The main events took place at Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, in Eastern Cape, but there were satellite events around the country on the programme as well. Also an annual event, National Book Week emphasises the importance of reading, and urges South Africans – particularly young South Africans – to read more.Literacy is also crucial in social and economic development. It expands knowledge and a literate person is more likely to understand and adjust in society. The Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning runs the Family Literacy Project in southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is aimed at families as a means of addressing the low literacy achievement of many pre- and primary school children, and the parents’ lack of confidence in their ability to support these children. As the parents, or those who take on the role of parents, are the first and most important educators of children, the family literacy approach supports both adults and children.To promote reading among young South Africans, the Fundza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides South African reading content to get young people to read, uses the Mxit social mobile app. It publishes short stories on Mxit, which is a social messaging tool on mobile phones, reaching an average of 350 000 readers as well as a million page views each month. Fundza edits and publishes the work on its Fanz section on Mxit. The collaboration has been running since 2011 and according to Mxit, the Fundza stories are not just fun but also talk about crucial issues such as HIV/Aids, cyber bullying and more.Another organisation that works to encourage people to read is the Readers Society of South Africa. Initiatives such as The Nalêdi Initiative focus on children, providing them with lifelong learning and creating a love and appreciation for reading, as well teaching them to be analytical and critical thinkers. There is a plethora of other initiatives around the country, both local and national. Defining literacyLiteracy is not simply the ability to read and write, but it is the ability to use these skills. In the globalised world, literacy has become more diverse than simply being able to pick up a book and read, and understand what is being read. Today, for example, digital literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats using a computer. It is also the ability to use new media such as the internet to access information.Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms, as defined by the Center for Media Literacy, an educational organisation devoted to promoting and supporting media literacy education. The Media Development and Diversity Agency also promotes this type of literacy. It aims to give South Africans access to diversified media as well as to create an environment for media development that caters to the needs and aspirations of all South Africans.And then there is culture, which also plays an important role in moulding human beings. Cultural literacy is the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures. It requires a person to examine and understand the different beliefs, values and traditions of others. To be truly literate, an individual must be fluent in all these aspects of literacy.